The County Times in 1914 carried various columns, including one on fashion. The comments and language used about women says a lot about how they were viewed back then.
“Modish and Useful - In spite of the pronounced popularity of the much-draped skirt many of the leading tailors and dressmakers in town are showing very smart models which are scarcely draped at all.
“In so doing they are simply supplying a widely-felt want. For the busy woman, who has to trot about and do her own household shopping, as well as, probably much of her own housework, to take her children out, and make all her visits on foot, must have something more practical to wear then a much-draped skirt.”